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Barriers to Political Analysis in Aid Bureaucracies: From Principle to Practice in DFID and the World Bank


  • Yanguas, Pablo
  • Hulme, David


Politics has become a central concern in development discourse, and yet the use of political analysis as a means for greater aid effectiveness remains limited and contested within development agencies. This article uses qualitative data from two governance “leaders” – the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the World Bank – to analyze the administrative hurdles facing the institutionalization of political analysis in aid bureaucracies. We find that programing, management, and training practices across headquarters and country offices remain largely untouched by a political analysis agenda which suffers from its identification with a small cross-national network of governance professionals.

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  • Yanguas, Pablo & Hulme, David, 2015. "Barriers to Political Analysis in Aid Bureaucracies: From Principle to Practice in DFID and the World Bank," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 209-219.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:74:y:2015:i:c:p:209-219
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.05.009

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